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Jose Quintana stays sharp in no-decision vs. Boston
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

White Sox pitcher Jose Quintana turned in a quality start but was forced to settle for a no-decision in his final start before the All-Star break Thursday afternoon against the Red Sox in Boston.

Quintana tossed seven innings and allowed only three earned runs on two hits, with two walks and seven strikeouts. Of his 111 pitches, 71 were strikes. Over his last three starts covering 21 2/3 innings, Quintana has allowed only three earned runs.

Quintana owns a 3.24 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and 107:34 K:BB ratio over 19 starts (119 1/3 innings). It remains to be seen when the left-hander will make his next start after the break.

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Josh Donaldson clubs 20th home run
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Athletics third baseman Josh Donaldson celebrated being named to the Home Run Derby by launching his 20th home run of the season Thursday afternoon against the Giants in San Francisco. It took him until Sept. 4 of last year to reach 20 home runs.

Donaldson took starter Tim Lincecum deep for a two-run home run in the sixth inning. He finished 2 for 3 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI in a 6-1 win. He is hitting .241 with 65 RBI in 353 at-bats.

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Scott Kazmir turns in another gem in win over Giants
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Athletics pitcher Scott Kazmir turned in another gem in his final start before the All-Star break Thursday afternoon against the Giants in San Francisco, improving to 11-3 on the year.

The right-hander permitted only three hits and one walk while striking out nine over seven scoreless innings of a 6-1 victory. Of his 103 pitches, 65 were strikes.

Kazmir owns a 2.38 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP over 19 starts (117 1/3 innings). It remains to be seen when he'll make his next start after the All-Star break.

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Carl Crawford activated Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford was activated from the disabled list Thursday, according to MLB.com.

Crawford was expected to return from an ankle injury, so the news shouldn't come as a shock. Trayvon Robinson was sent down in order to make room for Crawford. 

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Ben Revere able to make an appearance Thursday
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Phillies outfielder Ben Revere was used as a pinch-runner Thursday against the Brewers.

Revere was not in the starting lineup due to ankle soreness, but the injury doesn't appear to be serious. Revere managed to score while on the bases, and remained in the game the following inning to play center field. He should return to action soon provided he can avoid a setback. 

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Preston Guilmet brought up Thursday
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Orioles recalled pitcher Preston Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk Thursday, to replace Bud Norris on the active roster.

Guilmet was with the team for a doubleheader last week, and has a 5.79 ERA in 9 1/3 innings in the majors.  

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Bud Norris sent down for All-Star break
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

The Orioles optioned pitcher Bud Norris to Double-A Bowie Thursday, in order to call up some relief help prior to the All-Star break.

Norris was sent down after the team decided he was not an option to start Sunday. He will stay on turn during the break while pitching for Bowie, and will likely make a start Monday. He would be eligible to return to the majors July 20, though it is not clear if that is the plan yet. 

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Homer Bailey not expected to miss his next start
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Reds pitcher Homer Bailey is not expected to miss his next start following a knee issue.

Bailey had to leave Thursday's game against the Cubs due to a knee injury, but it isn't considered serious. The injury is considered a slight knee strain. Bailey underwent a precautionary MRI for the issue, but is still expected to make his next start. 

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Arismendy Alcantara looking at more playing time
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Cubs infielder Arismendy Alcantara will remain in the majors for the time being.

The team optioned pitcher Kyle Hendricks to the minors following Thursday's start, meaning Alcantara will get a longer run in the majors. He was expected to receive just two days in the majors while Darwin Barney was on paternity leave. Alcantara went 4 for 5 Thursday, helping his cause. 

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Kyle Hendricks sent back to Triple-A
by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com

Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks was sent down to Triple-A following Thursday's start.

Hendricks allowed four runs over six innings of work. The move signals that the team is willing to give infielder Arismendy Alcantara more time in the majors. It's unclear whether Hendricks will be up again shortly after the All-Star break. 

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